MADRID - Officials in Spain on Friday denied security forces had fired rubber bullets at migrants trying to swim to Spanish soil, after nine Africans drowned in the attempt.

Spanish Police Arrest ‘Radicalized’ Moroccan National
Members of the Guardia Civil patrol in a boat the maritime border between Spain and Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla on October 17, 2013 (AFP Photo:Pierre-Philippe Marcou)